Christmas Eve Offering
This Year’s Goal:
For the past 34 years our Christmas Eve services have been a celebration of the gift of Jesus with our financial gifts to others, shared locally and globally. This year we are focusing on 17 local and global organizations serving people who are under resourced in many ways. Since we have received additional funds over our original goal amount, we were able to increase donations to some of the original organizations and distribute funds among other worthy organizations not on the original list.
Thank you for your generosity, Living Word! In addition to the organizations listed below, we are able to help fund additional projects and ministries.
- Global Leadership Development: funds for international leader training
- Support for women and children in Djibouti
- Funds for medical equipment through SEE International
- A ministry vehicle for Frontiers Holland
- Home stoves for Guatemalans
- Funds for a leadership training center in Cuba
- Support for Fields of Hope in Ethiopia
- A clinic building for Iraqi refugees
- Disaster relief funds for Water Missions International
- Increased funds to Outreach Canada
- Funds for a faith build project for Habitat for Humanity
- General support for Lifepath
- Support for disability ministry with Jessica and Friends
- Family support for children with autism through Autism York
- Increased funds for Katallasso and House of Hope
Project Adopt A Village (PAAV)
LWCC adopted the town of Sendafa in Ethiopia 12 years ago in order to provide spiritual and medical help to those with HIV/AIDS. The PAAV team, led by Dr. Frew, has helped hundreds of people recover from near death to lead lives of purpose and meaning. These funds will be used to continue to provide medications, food, clothing, educational materials, and assistance to HIV/AIDS patients and their families living in Sendafa.
Neighbors to Nations (N2N)
Iraq has suffered from war, violence, and ISIS leaving many without hope or resources. N2N ministers to widows and orphans who are refugees displaced from their homes. This contribution will be used to provide training in practical skills; education; health services; and basic needs, including food, clothing, and housing.
Living Word Believers Church in Dire Dawa
LWCC helped start this church in the predominantly Muslim city of Dire Dawa. Through Pastor Miskir they have ministered to the physical, health, and spiritual needs of the Muslim community. As a result of their efforts the church continues to grow, and they need additional space. These funds will be used to continue the building program to provide classrooms and meeting rooms in the church.
Ethiopian Medical Supplies
For the past 11 years LWCC has been sending teams of medical professionals to Sendafa to run a medical clinic. Each year there are miraculous stories of blindness being healed, surgeries being done, and thousands of people throughout the region being touched by the love of Jesus. This contribution will provide much–needed medical supplies and equipment to minister to nearly 2,000 people next summer.
Guatemala Leader Development
The Equipping the Saints Association (ASELSI) provides theological and spiritual leadership classes for rural pastors and church leaders throughout Latin America. Our partner, Mike McComb, has been closely involved in this effort. They have graduated more than 3,000 students over the past 20 years and their students plant an average of 20 new churches every year. This donation will help to continue the work of the organization.
Ethiopian Outreach Ministry (EOM)
As part of our wholistic ministry in Sendafa, along with the medical ministry, we have seen the number of new Christians and churches multiply. Making sure that these churches have qualified leaders, EOM provides leadership training classes at their leadership center in Addis Ababa. These funds help with transportation, food, and supply costs, enabling the leaders to attend this 2-year series of classes.
Jordan House of Blessing
Jordan has received thousands of Iraqi Christians whose lives have been destroyed by the conflict in their home country. As refugees, they are not able to work and are receiving no financial support. This gift will provide food and basic personal products as they wait to either return home or resettle in a new location.
Outreach Canada Burundi Leader Training
Burundi has suffered through conflict for many years. Outreach Canada provides 25 Christian leaders in Burundi with leadership training to help them better plan and oversee development projects in the communities they serve. This donation will help the Burundi ministers to lead their congregations.
3DP4ME Hearing Aid Ministry
The Middle East has been a region of war and pain for many refugees. Some of those refugees suffer from hearing loss and there are little resources for them. 3DP4ME’s goal is to provide 12,000 hearing aids over the next 5 years. This contribution will help fund a 3D ear scanner to use with 3D printing technology.
This York–based Christian school has a unique approach to classical education in a spiritually rich environment. Logos provides K-12 education for a diverse group of students from both the inner city and surrounding suburbs. This offering will help purchase the necessary technology service support, teacher training, and teaching devices to improve the quality of technology education at the school.
Katallasso Health Clinic
Katallasso continues to care for people in desperate need of behavioral health services. Among new patients seen at the clinic, they are seeing a rise in patients suffering from distress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Patients with no insurance and limited resources are unable to get the care they need, which leaves them at great risk. This grant will help provide the services of a part time RN to assume some of the Clinical Coordinator responsibilities to manage these services.
Journey to Joy
Many women in York suffer abuse and have no place to go. Journey to Joy provides residential help for women and children who have been victims of abuse. This donation will provide funds for the completion of the residential area of their facility that will include additional rooms to accommodate more guests.
Ladder to the Light
This ministry focuses on men who have experienced brokenness, whether through addictions, incarceration, homelessness, or a combination of all of these. Ladders to the Light is a residential facility that shares the hope that comes through a personal relationship with Christ with these men. They are expanding their ministry and the building they occupy needs repairs. This donation will help with necessary repairs to provide a safe and secure place for the men to live.
Servants Home Helps
LWCC has partnered with this organization for the past 3 years, helping widows, single parents, disabled persons, and the elderly with home projects that provide for health and safety. Servants has volunteer teams working on these projects and LWCC provides some of those volunteers twice a month. They frequently need to build handicap ramps for those who are disabled. These funds will provide materials for those ramps, as well as other materials to repair bathrooms and kitchens so their homes will be safe for them to live in.
18 South ministers to the broken and hurting teens of Red Lion. They have created a space where teens on the margins of the community can go to feel safe, accepted, and, most importantly, experience the love of Christ. As they prepare to move into their new facility, this contribution will enable them to update the glass front to the building and purchase furnishings.
For many years this ministry has seen wonderful results throughout the county. They work with junior and senior high school students by being a friend, a listening ear, and sharing the hope of the gospel with broken teens. One of the highlights of the Young Life year is camp which, for many students, is a point where they see their need for a relationship with Jesus. Many students from inner city York can’t afford to go to camp. This gift will provide camp scholarships for some of these students, as well as funds for Young Life’s work in York.
House of Hope
House of Hope is an organization that brings hope, healing, and restoration to hurting teens and their families. They seek to model Christ’s love by providing spiritual guidance, education, counseling, and mentoring that will allow the teens to reenter society able to cope with the challenges of everyday life. This contribution will provide scholarship funds to help with the expenses related to their time with the House of Hope.
Other Local York Ministries
Other previously supported organizations in York will be included in the goal amount. These organizations are Compassion York, Our Daily Bread, Pappas House, Good News Prison Ministry, Miss Bobbi’s Place, and the LWCC Benevolence Fund.